I Miss John Lennon

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right, but a lot of that music is also really good. The first solo album (Plastic Ono Band) is great, in my opinion. Really varied and consistently high quality songwriting, with a nice stripped down production.
I had the pleasure of hearing the local Am station play it in its entirety on the day of its release.
Between "God", "Working Class Hero" and "Isolation", I couldn't pick a favorite (it might actually be Working Class Hero), but lemme tell you hearing "God" on the radio for the first time was mind blowing.

It was, well, "revolutionary"! 😀

"Imagine" is actually one of my least favorite Lennon tunes. Gimme "In My Life" any day, I think it's a much stronger piece.
 

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Yeah, Imagine is one of those songs on the list of "Never Wanna Hear Again In My Life". Period. In My Life, however is a classic. And my favorite version is done by no other than Judy Collins. Pure, simple, beautiful.....

 

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Yeah, Imagine is one of those songs on the list of "Never Wanna Hear Again In My Life". Period. In My Life, however is a classic. And my favorite version is done by no other than Judy Collins. Pure, simple, beautiful.....
NIce, but for me, the original will always be the best. Need Ringo and the tambourine. And the piano solo. :cool:

 

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Not just a "piano solo"!

"During the Rubber Soul sessions, Martin took it upon himself to find a way to finish “In My Life.” In Anthology, he said how he came up with the solo while the band was having a tea break. But it was too difficult for him to play live in the studio. So he played it at one octave lower and at half the speed you hear on the record. Then he sped it up to double time and played it for John, who gave it the thumbs-up. Listening to the record, you’d think it was a classically trained pianist handling the embellishments and runs."

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At least John went on to do better things with his career than Paul McCartney

 

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Gimme "Gimme Some Truth"!


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One of the tunes that redeemed the Imagine album for me.
Not just a "piano solo"!

"During the Rubber Soul sessions, Martin took it upon himself to find a way to finish “In My Life.” In Anthology, he said how he came up with the solo while the band was having a tea break. But it was too difficult for him to play live in the studio. So he played it at one octave lower and at half the speed you hear on the record. Then he sped it up to double time and played it for John, who gave it the thumbs-up. Listening to the record, you’d think it was a classically trained pianist handling the embellishments and runs."

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Speaking of "guest musicians", let's not forget Tommy Smothers' Guild participated in the recording of "Give Peace A Chance".

He was there although it looks like he was sporting a D40 (white bindings front and back but no fretboard inlays) instead of his beloved D55:







I don't get it - what am I missing?

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First viewer comment:
"You sound like paul mccartney"

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First viewer comment:
"You sound like paul mccartney"

;)
Maybe we need to start a list of link related posts that are "bad form"?

The first three on my list would be:
  • Posting a link to something that requires a person to be logged in to that site in order to read.
  • Specifically, posting a link to Facebook content that requires a login.
  • Posting a link to a anything that can be discussed and expecting people to read comments and not just respond to the posted item.
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Maybe we need to start a list of link related posts that are "bad form"?

The first three on my list would be:
  • Posting a link to something that requires a person to be logged in to that site in order to read.
  • Specifically, posting a link to Facebook content that requires a login.
  • Posting a link to a anything that can be discussed and expecting people to read comments and not just respond to the posted item.
:)
I didn't need to read the comments to decide he looks and sounds like Paul McCartney. A bit of humour.
 

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Getting back to Al's original post, they did perform this live but to a pre-recorded rhythm track, correct? (Walrus, I'm sure you will know)

Love the feel of the live vocals in this version, especially the "shoo be doo wahs" by Paul and George!
 

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A great movie is the movie "Yesterday". Very brief summary - a guy wakes up in a world with no Beatles, but he knows them and their music, so he makes it big singing all their songs. And other stuff happens, too.

If you miss Lennon, check out this clip. Very well done. Remember, in the movie this Lennon is not a Beatle, just a guy. But still...

A bit of context: in 1971, the real Lennon was asked in an interview if he had a picture of their life when he hit 64. Lennon said: "I hope we're a nice old couple living off the coast of Ireland or something like that -- looking out at our scrapbook of madness."


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Getting back to Al's original post, they did perform this live but to a pre-recorded rhythm track, correct? (Walrus, I'm sure you will know)

Love the feel of the live vocals in this version, especially the "shoo be doo wahs" by Paul and George!
Correct - only the vocals are live - from the usual source:

"Filming for promotional clips of "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" took place on 4 September 1968 under the direction of Michael Lindsay-Hogg.[77] Two finished clips of "Revolution" were produced, with only lighting differences and other minor variations.[78] The Beatles sang the vocals live over the pre-recorded instrumental track from the single version.[79] Their vocals included elements from "Revolution 1":[80] McCartney and Harrison sang the "shoo-bee-doo-wap" backing vocals,[81] and Lennon sang "count me out – in".[49] Authors Bruce Spizer and John Winn each describe the performance as "exciting".[82][83] According to Spizer, it "combines the best elements of the album and single versions",[82] while Hertsgaard writes that, two years after the band had retired from public performances, the clip proved that "the Beatles could rock with the best of them".[20]

And I love this: "Lennon looked the worse for wear, yet he turned down a suggestion that he apply some stage makeup to make him appear healthier. Lennon reasoned, "Because I'm John Lennon" – a point Lindsay-Hogg cites as demonstrating that "They had a very different attitude to most stars. They were authentic, they weren't characters in a fiction."[84]

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Are Lennon and McCartney the best song composers in history? Melodies and lyrics.

Not comparing with classic composers like Bach, Beethoven, etc.
 

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Are Lennon and McCartney the best song composers in history? Melodies and lyrics.

Not comparing with classic composers like Bach, Beethoven, etc.
IMO, absolutely. Astounding body of work, of very high quality, in a (relatively speaking) very short period of time. Astounding "evolution" in their work for such a short period. Only 3 1/2 years between "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (11/63) and "A Day In The Life" (5/67).

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Are Lennon and McCartney the best song composers in history? Melodies and lyrics.

Not comparing with classic composers like Bach, Beethoven, etc.
Maybe, maybe not. Rogers and Hammerstein? Gershwin and Gershwin? Lerner and Lowe?

The answers will say a lot about someone's familiarity with genres of music and their preferences and maybe less about composers and lyricists.
 
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